Good news, fellow knuckle-draggers.
Roy Underhill’s television show, “The Woodwright’s Shop,” has been renewed for two more seasons – State Farm Insurance has agreed to fund seasons 33 and 34 of the show.
Personal note: I have my home insurance through State Farm for this reason alone. My wife thinks I’m nuts for this. And I am.
So woodworkers can look forward to two more years of the never-aging Roy as he continues to champion the power of muscle over that of the electrical machine. He’s got a point: Roy has the same axe that he used in the first season, 33 years ago. How many computers have you had in the last 33 years? And how well do you think they would endure a whack from Roy’s axe? I thought so.
Roy sent me the following press release on his show being renewed. Usually, press releases are as fun to read as the small print on gnat suppositories. But this one is worth your time:
“Subversive Woodworking marches on! The PBS series The Woodwright’s Shop with Roy Underhill has been renewed for another two years, thanks to the continuing financial support of State Farm Insurance. The Woodwright’s Shop is one of the longest running shows in broadcast history, going all the way back “to the days of silent television.” Over the decades, Roy has featured a wide variety of small hand tool injuries and hosted fine traditional woodworkers such as Toshio Odate, Mary May, Frank Klausz, Peter Follansbee, Mack Headley, Brian Boggs, Christopher Schwarz and Steve Latta – to name just a few. Projects tackled on the show range from rowboats to the works of Roubo, but the focus has always been on traditional hand tool technique – the journey rather than the destination. Godspeed Roy Underhill, may the grain be with you!”
I leave tomorrow to teach for a week at Roy’s school, “The Woodwright’s School,” and I look forward to buying him a drink to toast the impressive success and endurance of my favorite television show.
— Christopher Schwarz
P.S. Send Roy all your money by purchasing past episodes of “The Woodwright’s Shop” on DVD. Popular Woodworking Magazine has made this possible. And I am grateful. Click here to see the seasons that are available for purchase now.